Kirby Jay Carmichael has always been a natural teacher. He taught Art for the Catholic Diocese and opened his own art studio in Dallas, teaching more than 60,000 children and adults how to spin pots. He also taught mosaics, glass fusing and canvas painting in multiple schools in North Dallas and the surrounding communities. He sold his business after ten years and settled down to manage a local hardware store which had a beekeeping department. He didn't want to just sell beekeeping products, he wanted to educate potential beekeepers to success in their endeavors. That's how he found TVBA and has learned everything possible from the outstanding presenters to better aid current and future beekeepers.
"Don't talk about it. Be about it.".
MATHEW GUERRA Matthew is married to Lara Guerra (the club’s first VP) and has two children. A former beekeeper, he had to stop for health reasons. He has been a member of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association since its re-inception by Alan Eynon and has been an active participant in the club since then.
Christi Baughman began beekeeping over 15 years ago. Like many novice beekeepers, she started with just a few hives in her backyard. It wasn't long, however, that Christi recognized her knack for raising healthy bees, and began to grow her hives and business into beegirl.biz. Having grown up in North Dakota and currently living in Texas, Christi realized she had access to two prime beekeeping locations in the US. North Dakota has the highest honey production in the entire country due to its thousands of acres of blooming crops throughout the summer, while east Texas is home to wintered bees thanks to its temperate climate and abundance of spring pollen. These two locations have led beegirl.biz to become a full-time operation which includes raising nucs and bees, producing North Dakota honey, pollinating almonds in California, and teaching beekeeping classes. Christi is an active Board Member of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association, a North Texas Master Naturalist, a member of North Dakota Beekeepers Association, and a member of the Texas Beekeepers Association.
PATRICK MCKANNAN Pat is married to his wife Eva. He lived and was raised in Kentucky. Pat spent 48 years working for the bell system before retiring. I got into beekeeping probably because of my memories of my father doing it.
Mark Baty Information coming soon
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